Sapp site out for new southwest Columbia elementary school

Monday, July 22, 2013 | 4:41 p.m. CDT; updated 2:31 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 23, 2013

COLUMBIA — One of the sites that had been considered for a new elementary school in southwest Columbia is off the table.

The Sapp site, which is 34 acres on the northwest corner of Scott Boulevard and Route KK, is no longer available for purchase.

Christine King, president of the Columbia School Board, said in an email the decision not to sell was the Sapp family's and the board respects the decision.

The two remaining sites under consideration are the Linnemeyer site, 30 acres on the southwest corner of Route K and High Point Lane, and the Potterfield site, 36 acres on the southeast corner of Route K and Old Plank Road.

Although the Potterfield property would be the most expensive to prepare for construction, it is still being considered by the board, King said.

An engineering analysis was done on all the properties to determine feasibility for construction and what challenges each property would pose, district spokeswomen Michelle Baumstark said in an email.

The search for a new property has been under way since January, and the school is scheduled to open in 2016.

The new location is intended to relieve overcrowding in the area. Mill Creek and Rock Bridge elementary schools are both overcrowded, and the population in southwest Columbia is growing.

The board intends to meet in closed session Aug. 22 to decide on a site for the school, King said.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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Corey Parks July 22, 2013 | 9:50 p.m.

How much would it save if Columbia was to allow a few additional private elementary schools and grant vouchers to those that want to attend? That would not require 36 acres of land to be purchased just to redo for an over priced school to be built on. How much did CIS spend to purchase the old 3M building off Stadium?

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